The Edo State Police Command, on Tuesday, said a suspect arrested in connection with the rape and murder of the 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, was identified through his fingerprint.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who disclosed this, said the suspect was arrested following the screening of the fingerprints on the fire extinguisher allegedly used to smash the deceased’s head.
According to Nwabuzor, operatives of the command arrested the suspect after the Area Commander of the Ikpoba Hill Police Station mobilised his men to the scene.
“The item used for the assault, which was a fire extinguisher, was recovered; the operatives, who were with some specialists, screened the fingerprints, which led to the suspect around the scene of the incident and he was arrested,” Nwabuzor stated.
Uwaila was murdered after being raped inside the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City on May 27, 2020, where she had gone to study.
Her killing sparked outrage and protests in Benin, Lagos and Abuja, with the hashtag,#JusticeForUwa, trending on the social media since Sunday.
President Muhammadu Buhari on his verified Twitter handle, urged the police to ensure that Uwaila’s killers were brought to justice.
He tweeted, “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Uwaila Omozuwa. I expect the Nigeria Police Force to speedily and diligently investigate this case and ensure that all the culprits responsible for this barbaric act are brought to justice.”
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also condemned Uwaila’s rape and killing as well as sexual assault on other women in recent times.
He tweeted, “For far too long women and young girls in our nation have suffered the pain, hurt and stigma of gender-based violence and abuse. Too many have been hurt, intimidated and bullied. Too many have died. Such violence is inexcusable. There is nothing that can defend this wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the investigation into Uwaila’s killing from the Edo State Police Command to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The IG’s directive was sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the state command in the investigation of the incident.
A suspect arrested in connection with the incident is expected to be transferred alongside the case file to the force headquarters.
Eid-el-Fitri: NAOSNP Felicitates with Nigerians, Sues for Peaceful Co-existence
…Commends security agencies for standing strong against insurgency and insecurity
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), a league of professional Journalists and security news publishers, has extended their heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim ummah as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, calling for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
Speaking through a goodwill message, the Association’s National President, Mr. Oki Samson, praised the Muslim faithful for a successful conclusion of the fasting period while urging them to at all times exhibit the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SWT) which allows for peaceful co-relationship with their neighbours.
“It is with great joy that I express my sincere wishes on behalf of NAOSNP, to our Muslim friends, partners and readers as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri. I urge them to at all times portray the tenets of Islam which makes for peaceful coexistence among all and sundry,” Oki noted.
He stressed that much as the country is in a volatile situation at the moment, all the prayers the faithful committed themselves to in the last one month of Ramadan will surely produce positive results in the days ahead.
While commending the efforts of the security agencies in standing strong against insurgents and insurgency, and protecting the lives and property of Nigerians, Oki said that there is need for all to redouble their efforts, and more importantly pursue the fight without fear and favour.
“We commend our security agencies and agents for their selfless efforts at stamping out insurgency in our midst, and making it possible for Nigerians to sleep with their two eyes closed.
“At this period of Eid-el-Fitri, the Nigerian public celebrates you and appreciates your efforts at keeping the country together,” Oki said.
He further advised President Muhammadu Buhari to build more confidence and trust in the mind of the people as what the people need now is leadership that encompasses all.
“We also commend President Mohammadu Buhari on his efforts to provide purposeful leadership for Nigerians. We urge him to continue to create the desired atmosphere for Nigerians to peacefully co-exist,” the President said.
He pledged NAOSNP’s continuous support for the good and development of Nigeria and it’s desire to uphold a just and free society, adding that as a body of distinguished security news publishers, NAOSNP is all out to see that Nigeria is the most peaceful place to be on earth.
“We at NAOSNP, as a league of distinguished security news publishers, pledge our continued support for the good of the nation and it’s unity and will continually contribute our quota to see that top notch security is maintained in the country,” Oki said.
Lagos LG Debate Pivotal to Improvement of Governance Deliverables in Lagos
By Kunle Lawal
Debates among electoral candidates are centerpiece of campaigns during elections, worldwide. As a result, more than 60 countries have developed a debate tradition, and civil society groups, NGOs and concerned citizens have been critical in making that happen.
Debates are pivotal in helping voters make informed choices on various levels of elections and encourage candidates to focus on policy issues.
The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-governmental organization which I lead as its Executive Director, has indicated its interest to conduct the Local Government debates in Lagos State.
I have also stated that the Local Government is the first handshake of democracy to the people and voter apathy in its election plus the poor accountability ratios of the tier of governance from the electorate spell why people are yet to feel the true impact of governance.
Last year, the Electoral college was responsible for hosting the Lagos East Senatorial debates at the end of the year with raving reviews from participants.
This year, we have mentioned that in conjunction with “Rate Your Leader”, a digital democracy app that puts registered voters in direct person-to-person contact with their local decision makers, making them justify every decision they make and every penny they spend and making them truly accountable to the people they serve,
now available in Nigeria.
The Electoral College intends to host the LG debates after the party primaries. The College’s commitment to democracy through civic education would be incomplete if the quality and presence of debates did not improve. The Electoral College intends to work in conjunction with LAISEC and other relevant non-partisan CSOs to deliver a debate that would involve the electorate, using the media available to different strata in the society.
If Lagos gets it right, it could trickle the progress across the nation and reiterate the College’s commitment to politeracy (Political literacy) and it’s target of educating over one million Nigerians before 2023.
Kunle Lawal is the Executive Director, Electoral College, Nigeria
Suspects Arrested in Osun Reveal Shallow Graves of Victims in Benue
The Police in Benue State have uncovered mass graves in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state.
The discovery was made possible by two of the eight gang members arrested in Osun State last week for kidnapping.
Recall that the Osun State Police Command had last Saturday announced the arrest of eight members of a gang, who are from Benue State, in the Omo Ijesa area of the state.
The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, had explained in a statement on Saturday that the eight-member kidnap gang abducted one Mrs Catherine Akiishi and relocated to the state to negotiate the ransom for her and added that the suspects would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command.
Two of the suspects, Aondoaseer Terseer, aka Bob Tsetse, 23, and Orkashima David, aka Cash Money, on Monday led a team of detectives to the shallow graves, where their victims were buried in order to conceal their nefarious activities.
The suspects claimed to have been working for one Azonto, a militia and the late Gana’s second-in-command and were responsible for several kidnappings and killing of security agents in the Sankera area of Benue State.
The victims were identified as John Nyitamen, Catherine Akiishi, Aondoverb Fidelis as well as wives of two of the suspects.
The suspects were said to have confessed to killing their wives, with Tertse allegedly saying his wife died when a piece of wood he threw at her pierced her neck following a misunderstanding.
David said his wife’s death was instigated by his father after he accused her of trying to set him up by calling security agents.
According to him, through the help of his two other gang members, the wife was killed and her remains buried in a shallow grave.
The suspects gave the names of their other gang members as Umangu Ihuman, aka Aka; Agwe, aka Banga; Aondover Ihom, aka D’ver; Luper; and Yaryon, aka Snake, adding that four of them had been killed by security agents.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the discovery, said she was still expecting details of the operation carried out by her colleagues in Katsina-Ala.